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Iguanas on the Brink

Iguanas are found in Mexico, Central and South America, the Galápagos Islands, on some of the Caribbean islands, Fiji and Madagascar. "Today, many of the 44 species of iguanas are threatened with extinction, some with wild populations numbering less than 200 individuals." Says the International Iguana Foundation. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), iguanas are among the most [...]

Iguanas, Marine Iguana|

New Year’s Resolution: Finally Get Over My Fear Of Snakes!

"Ophidiophobia or ophiophobia is a particular type of specific phobia, the abnormal fear of snakes. It is sometimes called by a more general term, herpetophobia, fear of reptiles and/or amphibians." You may be thinking to yourself , "abnormal fear?" The truth is that the fear of snakes is one of the most common phobias to have but many of those [...]

Tips for planning a birthday party they will never forget!

All parents want to give their kids the best party ever, one that they will talk about and remember for years to come, and one that their friends will brag about as well, but how and where should you start? Planning for a birthday can be an overwhelming and daunting task, so we have put together some tips that will [...]

Today is Reptile Awareness Day!

3 Things You Can Do to Spread the Love for Your Reptile Friends Did you know that October 21st is Reptile Awareness Day? No one knows for sure how it got started, but there’s no better time to try to educate others about these often misunderstood creatures. Here are just a few things you can do in honor of this [...]

What it takes to be a reptile owner

In short, research, care and lots of time is what it really takes to be a successful reptile owner. For those of us who have pet cats or dogs, there is no question about it, we read, we learn and we go out of our way to pamper their cute little furry faces. The same truth should be for reptile [...]

Snake Locomotion

We all know that snakes have no legs, but how can they possibly move without them? We will reveal the secret of what moves snakes as we dive into the secret world of snake locomotion! Did you know that it took a team of mathematicians to figure out that the secret to how a snake moves is actually in it's [...]

Happy World Snake Day!

Over the centuries snakes have really gotten a bad rap for being mean creatures who only want to hide in the tall grass and bite anyone or anything that comes their way. Truth is, that they really are gentile creatures who just want to be left alone. It is truly understandable that humanity would fear something that is potentially venomous [...]

How to Conquer your Fear of Snakes

Ophidiophobia or ophiophobia is a type of phobia or fear of snakes. It is sometimes called by a more general term, herpetophobia, fear of reptiles. This is one of the most common phobias, which is right up there in the polls with having a fear of public speaking, effecting more than 50% of Americans! The good news is that this [...]

Top 5 Snake Superstitions

Reptiles have been around for well over 370 million years, yet we are still learning about them. Most humans are terrified of snakes and throughout the years we have come up with some pretty outlandish superstitions. Check out some superstitions that have stuck around over the years: Snakes are slimy: Actually most snakes are extremely soft to the touch, in [...]

Endangered Reptiles – The Marine Iguana

Once they are gone, they are gone for good. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature endangered animal species are being lost at 1,000 times the normal rate. The reptile, a species that has been around for nearly 200 million years  and are among the Earth's oldest creatures. The Marine Iguana An amazing reptile that is now in [...]

Summer Backyard Exploring

What You Need to Know about Ticks, Lyme Disease and Other Dangers As summer approaches, there is a lot of talk about ticks, Lyme disease and other diseases caused by ticks, especially in the Northeast. Here we separate fact from fiction and share the secrets that could save your life. What is Lyme Disease? Lyme disease is caused by Borrelia-type [...]

No More Reptile Shows?

A bill that would prohibit exotic animal performances? New England Reptile Shows, while still in its infancy has performed hundreds of shows over the past couple of years. We are a small family run business and we are in it for the education NOT the money. This bill will effectively END all exotic wildlife education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, [...]

Top 5 Myths About Reptiles … Debunked!

Co Authored by Jodi, Emily and Eric Erickson The fear of reptiles is not something that is ingrained into us before birth, it's something that is a learned behavior as we grow. We have done countless shows and have seen time and time again that younger children are less afraid and more likely to approach a snake, while the teens [...]

Considering a Pet Reptile? What You Need to Know

If you’re thinking about getting a pet snake or another type of reptile, there are many things to take into consideration. After all, reptiles are high-maintenance pets. You have to be prepared to be in it for the long haul if you become a pet reptile owner. Here are a few things to consider before purchasing your first reptile pet: [...]

Proper Reptile Handling and Checking for Health Issues

Written by: Emily Erickson Whether you're adding another reptile to your growing collection, or just starting out with your first scaly friend, there are a lot of things to consider when preparing for, selecting, and taking care of a cold-blooded companion. Keeping snakes is a commitment you have to be dedicated to, and even though these animals aren't as high-maintenance [...]

How to Treat Snake Phobias

Are You, Or Someone Close to You, Unable to Come Near a Snake? If you live in a city, it’s probably not a major issue to have a fear of snakes. Odds are, you wouldn’t run across them unless you have a friend or family member who keeps one as a pet. If you live out in the country, or [...]

Personality traits you didn’t know reptiles have

This blog post was Co-Authored by: Emily Erickson Can My Cold-Blooded Reptile Have a Warm Personality? Seeing the word "personality" and "reptiles" in the same sentence seems far too out of place doesn't it? Not for us; here at New England Reptile Shows, we have truly seen personality traits come to life within our animals both on and off the [...]

Therapy Reptiles …Could Man’s New Best Friend Be A Reptile?

You’ve most likely heard of therapy dogs that are often used in hospitals to treat patients. But have you ever heard of therapy snakes? It may surprise you to know that a hospital in London has become the first to use reptiles in treating patients with anxiety and depression disorders. They are finding that corn snakes especially are helping with [...]

Get Fired Up about Our Amazing Reptile Shows!

Bring Your Family and Friends to the Fire Station! As a firefighter, you never know what situations you might be called to. While many people think of firefighters rescuing cats from trees, some firefighters in California got a big surprise last year when they had to rescue Mona, a 9-foot boa constrictor who had escaped from her owner and got [...]

Learning the Secret Language of the Iguana

The Iguana is a genus of lizards native to tropical areas of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. They are omnivorous meaning that they eat strictly leafy greens and vegetables. They are among the most popular reptile in the pet trade today. Make no mistake however most people who obtain an Iguana are unable to meet their needs [...]

Green Iguanas, Iguana Care|

Upper Respiratory Infections in Snakes

What Every Pet Snake Owner Should Know You got your pet snake. Congratulations! Hopefully you did all your homework and have created a welcoming, suitable environment for your pet. It’s especially important that you keep your snake’s habitat at the optimum temperature for the breed you have. You’ll soon see why this is necessary. . . One of the most [...]

Timber Rattle Snakes on the Quabbin – THE FACTS!

With perhaps less than 200 Timber Rattle Snakes left in the entire state of Massachusetts (5 remaining populations), and being completely extinct from Maine and Rhode Island, the Mass Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is working to conserve these beautiful animals. They feel that is it their responsibility to restore the population. Their proposal is to give several snakes a head [...]

The Garter Snake Diet: What You Need to Know

If you’re considering getting a garter snake as a pet, it’s important to understand their diet. Knowing what foods they prefer—as well as what they won’t eat—is essential in making a welcoming home for your new pet. The health of your pet garter snake is also a concern. Knowing what foods may cause health problems, some serious, is crucial before [...]

Garter Snakes|

Snakes don’t shed their SKIN! They shed their shed! Wait what?

Commonly referred to as "a snake shedding its skin" this phrase is not all that accurate at all. In fact, a snake does not shed its skin at all, they shed a layer of skin which isn't even skin anymore it's well ...shed! So yes to phrase it more accurately, they shed a layer of shed! Don't worry they keep [...]

Red Tail Boas, Snake shed|

Shows for Children with Special Needs

New England Reptile Shows Bring a Sense of Wonder to Audiences Everywhere New England Reptile Shows give kids with special needs a sense of wonder and belonging, as well as greater self-esteem and confidence. If you have a child with special needs who would be interested in one of our reptile shows, but you weren’t sure if any shows would [...]

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